Our Philosophy

Our Haflinger mares and their foals live in very spacious stalls. Throughout the year they spend a good part of the day out in the pasture. At the Wegwartehof all the foals can play together at the “kindergarten”. This exercise yard is next to the stalls of their mothers. Here, the foals can let off steam together while their mothers are hand milked multiple times. The foals spend the afternoon out in the pasture together with their mother mares and spend the night with the entire herd. We only start milking the mares once
their foals are old enough to ingest solid foods independently. The production of mare’s milk is extremely costly. An average mare can only give two litres of milk per day despite repeated milking. Should there be no daily contact to their foals, the mares would quit milk production in a very short time.

Healthy Horses give Healthy Milk

Demeter stands for proper animal husbandry. The Wegwartehof does not stand for maximum milk production but much more for our animals to be healthy and happy. As a result, the milk production isn’t perhaps optimised but the quality of our mare’s milk is exceptionally fine. Our vet Nicole Herout has accompanied the Wegwartehof herd for many years and knows our mares by name.

A Herd which feels good

You can easily see that our mares feel good and you can also feel it during the daily handling of them. The children and adults who use our riding offers are always thrilled at how well-behaved and lovely our horses are. This is the best confirmation for how well our Wegwartehof herd feels overall.

 

The Story of Mare’s Milk

Cleopatra, Marco Polo und Leo Tolstoi are among history’s most famous supporters of mare’s milk. “I owe the successful treatment of my ailments to mare’s milk. It regenerates my body and inspires my soul” Leo Tolstoi. As far back as 3000 years ago the Chinese and Egyptians appreciated the positive effects of mare’s milk. Cleopatra’s well renowned beauty was supported by bathing in mare’s milk. Also in ancient times, natural untreated mare’s milk was used by Eastern races for nutrition as well as for health remedies. In Russia, numerous mare’s milk sanatoriums still exist going right back to the
reign of the Czars. Still today, fresh mare’s milk is being delivered daily to the Kremlin by big stud farms in the Northern Caucasus.
In the meantime, the effects of mare’s milk has also been discovered by Western medicine. Little by little modern medicine is recognising its effectiveness - mare’s milk treatments are purposefully implemented at a rehabilitation clinic in Graal-Müritz, Germany. In recent times, even university research is studying the composition and effectiveness of mare’s milk.

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Mare’s Milk Literature

Foeckl C.Dietetic effects of oral intervention with mare’s milk on the severity scoring of atopic dermatitis, on fecal microbiota and on immunological arameters in patients with atopic dermatitis. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition. 2009; 1-12

Our Philosophy

Our Haflinger mares and their foals live in very spacious stalls. Throughout the year they spend a good part of the day out in the pasture. At the Wegwartehof all the foals can play together at the “kindergarten”. This exercise yard is next to the stalls of their mothers. Here, the foals can let off steam together while their mothers are hand milked multiple times. The foals spend the afternoon out in the pasture together with their mother mares and spend the night with the entire herd. We only start milking the mares once
their foals are old enough to ingest solid foods independently. The production of mare’s milk is extremely costly. An average mare can only give two litres of milk per day despite repeated milking. Should there be no daily contact to their foals, the mares would quit milk production in a very short time.

Healthy Horses give Healthy Milk

Demeter stands for proper animal husbandry. The Wegwartehof does not stand for maximum milk production but much more for our animals to be healthy and happy. As a result, the milk production isn’t perhaps optimised but the quality of our mare’s milk is exceptionally fine. Our vet Nicole Herout has accompanied the Wegwartehof herd for many years and knows our mares by name.

A Herd which feels good

You can easily see that our mares feel good and you can also feel it during the daily handling of them. The children and adults who use our riding offers are always thrilled at how well-behaved and lovely our horses are. This is the best confirmation for how well our Wegwartehof herd feels overall.

 

The Story of Mare’s Milk

Cleopatra, Marco Polo und Leo Tolstoi are among history’s most famous supporters of mare’s milk. “I owe the successful treatment of my ailments to mare’s milk. It regenerates my body and inspires my soul” Leo Tolstoi. As far back as 3000 years ago the Chinese and Egyptians appreciated the positive effects of mare’s milk. Cleopatra’s well renowned beauty was supported by bathing in mare’s milk. Also in ancient times, natural untreated mare’s milk was used by Eastern races for nutrition as well as for health remedies. In Russia, numerous mare’s milk sanatoriums still exist going right back to the
reign of the Czars. Still today, fresh mare’s milk is being delivered daily to the Kremlin by big stud farms in the Northern Caucasus.
In the meantime, the effects of mare’s milk has also been discovered by Western medicine. Little by little modern medicine is recognising its effectiveness - mare’s milk treatments are purposefully implemented at a rehabilitation clinic in Graal-Müritz, Germany. In recent times, even university research is studying the composition and effectiveness of mare’s milk.

.

Mare’s Milk Literature

Foeckl C.Dietetic effects of oral intervention with mare’s milk on the severity scoring of atopic dermatitis, on fecal microbiota and on immunological arameters in patients with atopic dermatitis. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition. 2009; 1-12